The Bestival 2007
was the fourth installment of the Bestival
a boutique music festival at Robin Hill
on the Isle Of Wight
. It was held between September 7
- September 9
. Tickets went on general sale on Friday March 2
, around 20,000 have been admitted for general release. Tickets were officially announced as sold out on May 12
The Bestival 2007 won the Best Medium Sized Festival award, at the UK Festival Awards. This was the third consecutive award for the Bestival, a feat achieved by no other festival in the awards history to date.
Many of the established features were retained including the Bollywood Bar, Hidden Disco, The Farmers Market, Come Dancing Tent, Bestival 87.7FM, Solar Powered Cinema, The Inflatable Church and the Fancy dress parade. The new features announced for this year's Bestival include -
- Swim To Bestival - A charity initiative involving swimming the Solent with the assistance of Royal Navy lifeguards for protection.
- Club Dada - A cabaret/circus themed club tent, which will aim to embosy the spirit of the festival in a nutshell.
- Laughter Clubs - Inspired by the influx of laughter clubs of India, the many laughter stations will encourage the festival goer to appreciate the benefits of laughter.
- Night of 100 Ukes - A performance of a 100 ukelele players comprised of festival goers, organised by the Dulwich Ukulele Club, will perform a ukelele set on the main stage on Saturday Night. www.myspace.com/nightof100ukes
BBC Radio 1 broadcasted live from the Bestival, they also had a stage present at the Bestival showcasing many talented artists.
There were 14 different musical venues at the Bestival 2007, these are - Main Stage, The Big Top, The Bollywood Bar, House Of Bamboo, BBC Introducing..., Hidden Disco, Club Dada, Jestival, Bandstand, Restival, Come Dancing, The Rizla Arena, Time For Tease and Loose Tea Party.
There were three surprise guests appearing over the course of the weekend.
Bestival Spring Launch Parties
These were a new concept for 2007, allowing people to experience the atmosphere of the Bestival around the country in small gigs. Details of the events are listed below -
Saturday April 7 - Komedia, Brighton
Feat. The Cuban Brothers, Sombrero Sound System and Lost & Found.
Saturday April 14 - Mayrhofen, Austria
Feat. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, The Cuban Brothers, Louie Austen, Rob Da Bank, Dup Pistols and Sombrero Sound System.
Friday April 20 - The Bloomsbury Ballroom, London
Feat. Candie Payne, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Natty, Planning To Rock, Rob Da Bank, Trojan Sound System, Sombrero Sound System.
Thursday April 26 - The Lizard Lounge, Southampton
Feat. DJ Yoda and Tommy Gunn.
Saturday 28 April - Turnmills, London
Feat. Rob Da Bank, Kitty, Daisy and lewis, Dub Pistols and Rodney P.
1. Bestival Info